Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Title: Batter Up
Author: Robyn Neeley
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date: 1st August 2014
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Rating: 3.5 stars

The Story: 
Emma Stevens inherited more than just her grandmother's bakeshop (just as an aside, I've never seen that word before, it looks like a strange melding of bakery and cake shop. Anyway...), she also inherited her grandmother's magical ability to predict who a man will marry. Every Monday night, the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls gather to find out who the next bachelor to meet his match will be.

When Jason Levine, a Miami reporter, finds out about this he is intrigued and sets to find out how an entire town could be duped by one woman and a bunch of cake batter. When Emma discovers what he's up to, she's determined that he won't discover her secret or put her out of business. Sparks inevitably fly and when Emma's arch-nemesis bids on Jason in the town's traditional Summer Fling bachelor auction, Emma finds herself bidding against. her. Will Jason be just a summer fling, or will the batter predict something more for them?

Batter Up is a fun, light-hearted read perfect for holiday reading. It's not going to demand too much of you as a reader, but, if you can accept the slight fantasy elements, the story will leave you with a lovely warm glow.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Title:  Fast Track
Author:  Julie Garwood
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Release Date: 1st August 2014
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for a review
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Crime

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Story:
Cordelia and her friends, Sophie and Regan, have been inseparable since they were 5 years old. Cordie has had a crush on Regan's big brother, Aiden, for almost as long, but she's long given up hope of him noticing her.

When her father dies suddenly, Cordie discovers that he hadn't told her the whole truth about her mother. Trying to find out about the mother she never knew leads Cordie from Chicago to Sydney, but it seems that someone would rather she didn't find out anything about her mother's family, and they're willing to threaten her life to keep their secrets.